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U.S. Marshal Salary | Law Enforcement Careers

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U.S. Marshal Salary

The U.S. Marshals are an elite level of law enforcement that are used for a variety of special situations that need a lot of attention. This can mean anything from protecting federal courts and judges, to catching fugitives that may be on the run from the law, and quite a few other things in between. Did you know that U.S. Marshals are responsible for catching more fugitives than any other law enforcement agencies? It is true, they do. This is also the oldest law enforcement agency that we have as well.

 

The U.S. Marshal Service employes a number of marshals that are then appointed by the federal government to oversee the different judicial districts around the country. The criminal investigators and deputy marshals work in these districts and carry out a lot of tasks related to the courts and protecting those that are in them. These deputies and U.S. Marshals are extremely well trained and can make quick decisions that can make a difference in the protection of the innocent or the apprehension of fugitives.

So How Much Does a U.S. Marshal Make?

The entry level deputy marshals are going to earn around $36,000 to $41,000, depending on which level they are hired at and the different experience that each candidate has to offer upon the hiring. They can easily make over $40,000 though if they are hired at the higher level of GS-07. The U.S. Marshals also have a nice retirement plan that features thrift savings, social security, and a pension. This system is appreciated by many Marshals because they can retire after 25 years on the job, regardless of how old they are. There are also a host of other benefits like paid leave and things of that nature.

Are you considering a career as a U.S. Marshal?  In order to become a U.S. Marshal, you have to be between the ages of 21 and 36 to apply. You have to also have completed a bachelor’s degree program from an accredited college, or have the equivalent education and work experience. It is however a very competitive application process and there are a lot of other factors that go into the selection of applicants. A higher degree of education is going to help your chances of standing out among the other candidates.

U.S. Marshal Salary & Benefits

There is one main benefit to being a U.S. Marshal, and that is the fact that you are helping your country become a safer place. But, there are also a lot of other benefits and perks that you also get that certainly make it an appealing career overall.

Retirement Plan - The new deputy marshals are going to get access to the FERS (Federal Employees Retirement System), which comes with a pension plan, a thrift savings plan, and social security. There is a mandatory retirement age of 57. But, you can retire after 20 years of service if you are over the age of 50, or you can retire after 25 years of service at any age. Any military experience that you have may increase the number of years for retirement, but it simply can’t be a substitute for law enforcement years.

Leave -  There are different types of leave that you get as a U.S. Marshal. The first is annual leave, which can increase up to 8 hours per pay period once you have been been a federal employee for more than 15 years. It starts at 4 hours per pay period for those that have less than 3 years on the job. Those that have military years to add to the federal service will get to skip past the first category onto the 6 hour category.

Sick leave – Every U.S. Marshal is going to earn the same 4 hours per pay period of sick leave regardless of how many years they have been a federal employee. Lastly, there is the FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act), which allows a U.S. Marshal to take leave in situations that might require a bit more time than they have. This can be the addition of a child, a family emergency, or if the Marshals themselves have a serious health concern.

Health Benefits & Life Insurance There are a lot of health insurance options and benefits that the employee will get to choose from. The health insurance cost is shared by the government and the employee. Each employee is automatically entered into the FEGLI (Federal Group Life Insurance) with the basic life plan only. The employee has the right to waive this coverage if they want. There are also other optional benefits that employees can choose if they are enrolled in a basic life insurance plan

 

 

 
 
 
 

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